A man currently awaiting sentencing on a pending drug case was arrested last week during a drug raid conducted by the Urbana Police Division.
Ricky E. Daulton II, 42, of 313 Freeman Ave., was charged with fifth degree felony charges of possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of fentanyl along with misdemeanor charges of possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia on Friday morning.
Daulton was transported to the police division where he was interviewed and then transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail, Mechanicsburg.
According to the Champaign County Municipal Court’s website, an initial arraignment was held on Monday where a pretrial hearing was scheduled for April 4 and Daulton’s bond was established at $10,000.
Daulton’s arrest came days after he pleaded guilty to felony charges in another drug case involving investigations conducted by Urbana police. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and attempted tampering with evidence during a plea hearing on March 21.
Daulton was originally indicted in January for possession of cocaine, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted tampering with evidence and possessing criminal tools. He was also placed on a personal recognizance bond in January.
A sentencing hearing in the case is scheduled for April 25.
Police perform raid on Louden Street residence
The raid on Daulton’s residence was one of two raids performed by Urbana police on Friday with drug-related search warrants after covert drug investigations by patrol units.
At 3 p.m. on Friday, dayshift and nightshift officers raided 423 Louden St., on a drug-related search warrant. Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell stated in a press release that this is a location where police have responded to numerous times recently.
“I believe that this location has become a tremendous nuisance to the entire neighborhood, with drug complaints, disturbances, fights and other criminal conduct happening there on a regular basis,” Lingrell stated. “We hope with today’s raid we will be able to bring some sense of peace back to that neighborhood.”
Lingrell added police were aware that there was a security camera system set up to allow the residents to monitor anyone approaching the home. When the teams of officers arrived to begin the raid, they had to force entry into multiple entry points as the residents inside attempted to barricade the entryways to prevent officers from gaining quick entry.
From Friday’s raid, police took three individuals into custody and brought them to the police division for interviews and processing. The remaining people from the home were ordered to leave the premises after police notified the Champaign County Health Department, which came and condemned the house due to the conditions inside.
Adriana Kelly, 18, was charged with felony aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse in addition to misdemeanor drug charges of permitting drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of dangerous drugs. Kelly was taken to the Tri-County Jail on Friday.
During an arraignment hearing in the municipal court on Monday, Kelly’s bond was established at $20,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 4. She was also ordered to have no contact with specific individuals as ordered by the court.
Lingrell stated two other adult men ages 19 and 18 were also taken into custody and brought to the police division for interviews and processing. They were later released and both of their criminal cases will be presented to an upcoming Champaign County grand jury.
Police returned to the residence at 11:51 p.m. Friday night after neighbors reported seeing several people had returned to the home and gone inside the condemned residence.
Police found and issued summons for misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges to Courtney Cooper, 19, of Ridge Road, Urbana, and a 16-year-old female from Cable who is charged into juvenile court.
“I’m thankful to the men and women of the Urbana Police Division who put themselves in harm’s way every time we serve drug-related search warrants,” Lingrell stated. “I’m also grateful that no officers or suspects/arrestees were injured today.”
Lingrell added police appreciate the community’s help as they try to deal with multiple crime- and drug-related issues throughout the community. He asked that residents continue to report suspicious or illegal activity to them at 937-652-4350 or at their crime/drug tip line at 937-652-4357.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.